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How to get to Brighton
Planning a visit to Brighton? You're in for a treat no matter how you spend your days. First thing's first, how do you get there? There are plenty of choices for getting to the seaside. Brighton is well connected by road, and many central hotels with parking mean you can bundle the family into the car and make your own way there. Driving to Brighton means plenty of space for luggage, as many stops as you need and easy access to the beautiful surrounding countryside. If you prefer, hop on a train or coach and relax the whole way there. Take the train and get there in an hour from London.
What to do in Brighton
The city is packed with things to see and do. There's something to suit everyone, from the glistening Royal Pavilion to Brighton Palace Pier and the new British Airways i360.
A day at the beach
Brighton is synonymous with the seaside, and it's easy to see why. The city is famous for its traditional English seafront and Grade II-listed Palace Pier. Whether you're visiting with family, friends or for a romantic city break, start at the coast and settle in. The beach and seafront are ideal for a leisurely stroll straight off the train. Head to the pier for classic fairground games and family attractions, arcades and some of the best fish and chips around. Or stick to the sand and enjoy scenic views across the water. Spot colourful beach huts and search for shells along the shoreline.
The Royal Pavilion
The city's impressive Royal Pavilion is a must-see, drenched in colourful history. In 1815 George, the Prince Regent - who would become King George IV - hired architect John Nash to redesign his seaside retreat. The building was reworked in the Indian style and completed in 1823. The house, gardens and estate are open to visitors year-round. Take a tour to explore lavish royal interiors and galleries.
Brighton Palace Pier
The city's Grade II-listed pleasure pier is home to rides, attractions, stalls and restaurants, with plenty to satisfy every visitor. So it should come as no surprise that this is one of Brighton's top things to do. It's stood in place for over a century, surviving wars and battering storms. Today, Brighton Palace Pier is a destination for delight. Head to the pier in the afternoon for a few hours of family-friendly fun. Stay until the sun goes down to enjoy the bright lights and buzzy atmosphere of the landmark after dark.
What to eat and drink in Brighton
Foodie visiting Brighton? You won't be disappointed. The city has much more to offer than seaside favourites, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy those, too! As well as an iconic resort, Brighton is a stylish city with no shortage of great places to eat and drink.
Cheap eats and casual dining
You can't go wrong with a traditional pub. When that pub serves a hearty, seasonal menu, you know you're in for a treat. Head to Dizzy Gull for elevated classics in a casual setting, or The Ginger Pig, a gastropub off the seafront in Hove. Dinner with kids? Hop over to Fatto a Mano, a neighbourhood pizzeria serving soft Naples-style pies from as little as £7. Metrodeco is an unbeatable choice for afternoon tea in Brighton. While Shelter Hall is the city's first food hall, home to seven different kitchens cooking something to suit everyone. 64 Degrees is another casual spot for excellent small plates and a menu that changes daily.
Luxury dining and special occasions
Celebrating a birthday, anniversary or date night? Maybe you're just in the mood for something more formal. There are many exquisite restaurants in Brighton to serve your special occasion. The Salt Room is a sleek seafood and steak restaurant with views of the West Pier. The Little Fish Market is nestled in Hove, serving some of the best seafood dishes around on an elegant five-course tasting menu. Isaac At is another ideal choice for modern fine dining, serving local dishes in an intimate setting.
The best bars in Brighton
As well as its seafront, family attractions and gastronomy, Brighton is known for its lively and diverse nightlife scene. Whether you're looking for an understated cocktail bar, traditional English pub, colourful club or karaoke bar, there's no shortage here. Ten Green Bottles is an independent wine shop and bar. Take a bottle away or enjoy it in the bar for just £5 corkage. The Plotting Parlour is known around the city for its excellent cocktails and comfy interiors. The Mesmerist hosts live music and performances, perfect for a memorable night under one roof.